In 2011 Ryan and I made the decision to uproot our family from a comfortable existence in Michigan, the only home I had ever known, to pursue a dream of ours in rural Tennessee. Numerous blessings have gone hand in hand with this move including our desire for a simple life focusing on family and faith. However, life in the middle of nowhere also brought the stark reality that our kids do not and will not have the opportunities to participate in as many activities or experiences as other children might have. We live about 30 miles from most anything. We have eight children. I’m a stay at home mom. We have a handicapped eleven year old and a new baby. Luke does not do well on outings ("WHY DIDN'T YOU BRING LUKE?"), and the baby also is not outing oriented. She’s just not the easiest child that’s ever been born. That’s our current reality. In spite of these many hurdles, I still want my children to have access and exposure to various experiences that I believe will not only interest them in some way, shape, or form, but may also allow them to explore future endeavors and interests. I believe that a well-rounded life is always a positive trait in spite of where one’s life may lead.